Long-period variables in NGC 147 and NGC 185
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

Context. Previous studies on the stellar content of the two nearby dwarf galaxies NGC 147 and NGC 185 reveal a rich population of late-type giants in both systems, including a large number of carbon-rich objects. These stars are known to show pronounced photometric variability, which can be used for a more detailed characterisation of these highly evolved stars. Owing to their well-studied parameters, these Local Group members are ideal candidates for comparative studies. Aims. Through photometric monitoring, we attempt to provide a catalogue of long-period variables (LPVs), including Mira variables, semi-regular variables, and even irregular variables in NGC 147 and NGC 185. We investigate the light variations and compare the characteristics of these two LPV populations with the results found for other galaxies, such as the LMC. Methods. We carried out time-series photometry in the i-band of the two target galaxies with the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT), covering a time span of approximate to 2.5 years. More than 30 epochs were available for a period search. These data were then combined with single-epoch K-band photometry, also obtained with the NOT. Narrow-band photometry data from the literature was used to distinguish between O-rich and C-rich stars. Results. We report the detection of 513 LPVs in NGC 185 and 213 LPVs in NGC 147, showing amplitudes Delta i of up to approximate to 2(mag) and periods ranging between 90 and 800 days. The period-luminosity diagram for each of our target galaxies exhibits a well populated sequence of fundamental mode pulsators. The resulting period-luminosity relations we obtained are compared to relations from the literature. We discuss the universality of those relations because of which, as a side result, a correction of the distance modulus of NGC 185 may be necessary. A value of (m - M) = 24.(m)30 seems to be more appropriate to match the observed data. Only one of our two galaxies, namely NGC 185, has a significant fraction of possibly first overtone pulsators. An interpretation of this finding in terms of differences in the star-formation histories is suggested.



galaxies: individual: NGC 147

galaxies: individual: NGC


stars: variables: general

stars: AGB and post-AGB



giant branch stars


stars: late-type



gravitational lensing experiment

x mw

Local Group


red giants

agb stars

star-formation history

local group galaxies



D. Lorenz

Universität Wien

T. Lebzelter

Universität Wien

W. Nowotny

Universität Wien

J.H. Telting

Nordic Optical Telescope

F. Kerschbaum

Universität Wien

Hans Olofsson

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

H.E. Schwarz

Astronomy and Astrophysics

0004-6361 (ISSN) 1432-0746 (eISSN)

Vol. 532 A78


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi



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